The Weekly Dough (My Daughter’s Birthday edition)

My daughter turned 13 this past week, and we’re celebrating with family today. I look at pictures from just five years ago, and it’s amazing how much she’s grown and matured. And it reminds me of a decision I made at that time to leave a high paying, prestigious job for a lower paying and […]

Saturday Night at the Movies: “Can’t Never Did Anything” (Rocky)

Saturday Night at the Movies uses great films to explore some aspect of personal finance. Published Saturdays at 7 PM, get your front row seat by subscribing to The Dough Roller. My step father was a hard worker. As a child I helped him do a lot of work around the house, including building a […]

How To Find Healing From A Deep Financial Wound

Money has the unique ability to bring out the best and worst in all of us. And on those occasions when it brings out the worst, particularly between friends or family members, it can devastate a relationship. I’ve seen families torn apart and close friendships come to an end because of disagreements over money. “Control […]

Service Beacon: A Free Online Tool to Track Your Car’s Maintenance Schedule and History

This week my colleagues and I in the M-Network are writing about the personal finance implications of owning a car. You’ll find posts on whether to buy a new or used car (@ Paid Twice, @ Gather Little By Little), how many cars to own (@ plonkee money), how to buy a car (@ Being […]

Slow Motion Retirement (or Retire Early, Retire Often)

Traditional retirement is so 1990s. Work hard until you’re 65+ and then stop working cold turkey. Why? Where’s the balance in that approach to your working years and your golden years? Why not ease into retirement beginning much sooner than 65? You’ll get to enjoy more free time earlier in life while continuing to generate […]

Don’t Forget to Get Your Free Credit Report

Reading through Money Magazine this month (I won a subscription from ChristianPF, a member of the M-Network), I was reminded that I was due for my free annual credit report. Requesting your report is easy. Simply go to From this site you can request annually a free credit report from each of the three […]